On Saturday, the Hockey Hall Of Fame got a whole lot gr8er as they announced on Twitter that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has donated his 500 goal gloves to the Toronto museum. You’ll notice that the Bauer APX2 Pro gloves have Sergei Ovechkin’s name stitched on the thumb as well as two eyes. It’s a tribute to Alex’s older brother.
Sergei Ovechkin died at age 24 from a blood clot after getting into a car accident in Russia. This tragic event happened when Ovi was only 10. After scoring a goal, Alex kisses his glove and points to the sky to show he’s always thinking of his brother.
Ovechkin’s nickname GR8 is also stitched on the back of each glove.
The Russian machine scored the historic tally on January 10, 2016 against the Ottawa Senators. He was the fifth fastest player in NHL history to do so.
Photos: Drew Hallowell
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